Introduction: Engineering requirements for aerospace composite materials

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The growing use of composite material has arisen from their high specific strength and stiffness, when compared to the more conventional materials, and the ability to tailor their structure to produce more aerodynamically efficient structural configurations. In this introductory chapter, it is argued that fibre reinforced polymers, especially carbon fibre reinforced plastics (CFRP), can and will in the near future contribute more than 50% of the structural mass of an aircraft. Of course, affordability is the key to survival in aerospace, whether civil or military, and therefore effort should be devoted to low cost manufacturing methods in addition to analysis and computational simulation of the manufacturing and assembly process. The simulation of the structural performance should not be neglected, since they are intimately connected.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPolymer Composites in the Aerospace Industry
EditorsP.E. Irving, C. Soutis
Place of PublicationCambridge
PublisherWoodhead Publishing
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9780857099181
ISBN (Print)9780857095237
Publication statusPublished - 17 Sept 2014

Publication series

NameWoodhead Publishing Series in Composites Science and Engineering
PublisherWoodhead Publishing


  • Analysis
  • Applications
  • Composites
  • Damage mechanisms
  • Design
  • Interface
  • Laminates
  • Manufacturing processes


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